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Career as an Aerospace Engineer

The ability to fly off the ground is one of the highest achievements of Mankind. Be it in the sky or in outer space, the Aerospace Engineer is the one who makes it all possible.

The ability to fly off the ground is one of the highest achievements of Mankind. Be it in the sky or in outer space, the Aerospace Engineer is the one who makes it all possible.

What is an Aerospace Engineer career?

An Aerospace Engineer designs, tests, constructs and maintains aircrafts and spacecrafts. Aerospace Engineering is divided into two branches - Aeronautical Engineering specializes in aircrafts, missiles, helicopters; basically everything that flies within the limits of Earth's atmosphere while Astronautical Engineering includes satellites, rockets, space stations, space shuttles and spacecrafts that fly beyond Earth's atmosphere.  

Skills required

  • Strong Mathematical skills
  • Eye for Detail
  • Design Skills
  • Good Communication
  • Computer Skills
  • Intelligence
  • Logical thinking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to work under pressure

Course and Eligibility

B. Tech and B.E courses in Aerospace Engineering are necessary. Post Graduate Diplomas are available for specialty in Aeronautical Engineering.


Eligibility is 12th pass in Science stream with Math, Physics and Chemistry. Admission is considered on basis of entrance exam results.

Entrance Exams

Engineering entrance exams JEE are held yearly in January and May.

Where to study?

  • Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai, Kharagpur, Chennai, Kanpur)
  • Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology, Chennai
  • Nehru College of Aeronautical and Applied Sciences, Coimbatore
  • Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
  • Institute of Aviation Technology, Bahadurgarh, Haryana
  • VSM Institute of Aerospace Engineering & Technology, Bangalore, Dehradun
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Job Profile

Aerospace Engineers research, design, construct, test and maintain aircrafts, spacecrafts and everything in between. The engineer uses creativity and knowledge to improve upon designs and is involved in every step until final completion of the project. As an Aerospace Engineer you will need to be creative and inventive while keeping in mind the technical necessities the project requires.


Employment opportunity

As an Aerospace Engineer it's important to decide if you prefer Aeronautical Engineering (within the atmosphere) or Astronautical Engineering (outside the earth's atmosphere) as both offer employment opportunities.

Aeronautical Engineering -
Great strides have been made in Aeronautics allowing more diversity and options in employment.
1. Airlines
2. Air Force
3. Government Research
4. Corporate Research
5. Helicopter companies
6. Fixed Wing Aircrafts
7. Defence Ministry
8. Missiles
9. Airships
10. Aviation Companies

Astronautical Engineering -
Space technology is in a relatively beginning state and so there is much opportunity in fields of research and discovery. Astronautical Engineers are also preferred for traveling into space.
1. Research
2. Satellites
3. Space Shuttles
4. Space crafts
5. Astronaut

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The scope for Aerospace Engineering is literally beyond the stars. The upcoming field has great potential in terms of new aerodynamic designs, research and inventions. Increasing popularity and convenience of air travel provides more space for growth in the air traveling sector. Defence and Government requirements always look to stay one step ahead and augment their technology. Space exploration is a burgeoning industry and will continue to require the expertise of Aerospace Engineers to design and maintain improvements. Demand for sharp, intelligent and creative Aerospace Engineers is only going to increase in the coming years.